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John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

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    Linear LED luminaires located in the double-glazed façade illuminate the horizontal and vertical structures with neutral white light.
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    Each riser of the entry steps includes a small LED luminaire to provide definition and contrast while carrying the project’s design aesthetic to the exterior.
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    Entering the building visitors and students are presented with an active a vibrant three-story atrium. Ceramic metal halide PAR30 lamps, tucked into ceiling niches, provide ambient light during evening hours. Color LEDs and T8 fluorescent provide accent illumination.
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    Open architecture and transparency is one of the key design characteristics. T8 and T5 lamps provide accent and ambient illumination from behind architectural features. Hidden linear slot light accent luminaires graze three-dimensional elements on the wall.
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    In keeping with a contemporary architectural strategy, light emphasizes the architectural line of the building. Mini T5 fluorescent luminaires surround the monolithic fireplace vent. Narrow aperture T5 recessed luminaires carry the aesthetic into the adjacent café seating area.
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    An exaggerated line of vertical light illuminates the egress stair, with alumni names printed on yellow walls.
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    Education spaces vary from large auditoriums to small tutor rooms. In each, light and color are organized with graphics and architecture to express the purpose of the space. The quiet study area is designed with no visible luminaires in the space to minimize distractions. Carousels have integrated T5 task luminaires, while ambient uplight is designed into the furniture system.
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    Recessed T5 luminaires in the auditorium are unobtrusive. The backlighted graphic displays a series of alumni athlete names as the foreground to a colored-LED light box wall.
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    In private tutor spaces a single custom pendant with a 42W CFL illuminates the table and can be controlled with a wall box dimmer. The remainder of the space is left dim to focus student attention on the table. A vertical stripe of miniature LEDs, tucked into the vertical exterior face of the cabinetry, is visible from the exterior and adds a touch of ambient light to the interior.
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    Landscape lighting, provided exclusively by low-wattage LED technology, is applied sparingly to birch trees adjacent to the building.
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The Jaqua Center, designed specifically to address the academic needs of student athletes, creates a unique learning environment in which the athletes can succeed on and off the field. Located on the edge of the University of Oregon's (UO) Eugene campus, the building is an eye-catching architectural addition.

Architecture and light come together throughout the building and most certainly at the exterior façade. The double-insulated glass curtainwall has a 5-foot-deep air cavity. Vertical stainless steel screens and operable rolling shades are set between the glass panels to control direct sunlight and heat gain. A 15W-per-foot 4000K LED accent fixture washes the scrim with diffuse light.

The interiors are equally dynamic. Natural light fills the building via the atrium, and the color and material palette celebrates UO's winning commitment to education and athletics.

Jury Comments: The lighting blends well with the interior finishes and plays nicely with the school's color palette of yellow and green. • The integration of the lighting detail into the curtainwall system gives the façade a strong appearance.